Nisha Sharma, Jennifer Sharma, Neelam Mishra, Adan Afroz Ahmed and Hardik Harlaba, when these five friends studying in Nagpur left for Chindwara to attend the grand birthday party of Nisha’s grand father Dr Matadin Sharma they must have had little inkling of what lay in store for them. Nisha’s father Pappu sharma was part of the gathering too. The friends were driving in a Merdez Benz with Hardik at the wheel.
The grand party went as anticipated in Silver Sand hotel of Chindwara. It was late but still the Nagpur crowd ventured to return home that night only thinking it was only an hour and half for the drive. They had a superb car in which to traverse the journey and they would be in Nagpur in no time at all.
It must have been with this thought that they sped along with the speedometer soon touching 120 Kms per hour. There is no knowing if Hardik lost control because he was sleepy and dozed off or just could not control the speed but just outside Chindwara when they were at the Ring Road the car banged against and climbed on to the divider. So big was the impact that the car soon burst into flames.
There were other people too driving back to Nagpur who were following this ill fated car. They saw the accident and stopped at once. There are conflicting reports about what exactly transpired immediately afterwards. One friend says that Hardik was well enough to get out of the car on his own and he extricated the others out, even Jennifer who had succumbed on the spot and was no more.
Another report says that Hardik was also grievously injured and the others had to pull him out too. But no sooner was everyone out that the car burst into flames and was completely burned out.
The first action of the relatives and friends was to carry all the injured kids to Chindwara Hospital. They were told there that the students were too serious and should be rushed to a hospital in Nagpur at once. They were then brought to Nagpur and admitted to Wockhart. Unfortunately, Doctors of Wockhart declared Nisha dead on arrival spreading gloom over all the people gathered. Neelam Mishra, who hails from Bhopal was also critical and battling for life. Hardik was a little better though badly injured too. Miraculously, just one person in the car, Adan Ahmed got away with only scratches and has already been discharged from the hospital after being administered first aid. She was in a state of shock naturally and her parents took her home immediately.
By mid morning a big crowd of students were gathered at Wockhart. Jennifer was studying at Priyadarshini and there were many students from this college among the youngsters. Apart from being Engg students, the girls were aspiring models too and Nisha Sharma had already made a name for herself by bagging some lucrative assignments.
Shell shocked friends said they could not believe that she was no more – they can still visualize her smiling face and her lovely presence among them.
Hardik’s parents have arrived from Surat and they are waiting for their son to get better and get discharged so they can take him away to Surat.